The Women’s March was a few weeks ago, and as usual it was an empowering and eye-opening experience. I won’t go too much into my experience at the March, because I don’t really think it’s helpful or relevant. I will say, I was glad to see so many signs that were more inclusive and less focused on female anatomy. But more importantly, I wanted to talk about what to do after the March. It’s been a few weeks, and the "high" feeling you had after the march has probably died down.
Chances are, you haven’t thought about the Women’s March in at least a few days. But what are you doing every day to further the movement? How are you fighting to support the rights of ALL women? I thought it would be a good idea to gather a few ideas both to share and to remind myself what I can be doing on a daily basis. Of course there are tons more things you can do, but this list is a start if you're feeling lost!
What to do after the Women's March
1. Call Your Representatives
Making phone calls is one of the easiest things you can do to make a difference. It costs NO money and very little time is to call your representatives. Ideally you want to call them daily, but if you’re not ready for that, try once a week and work your way up to more frequently. If you have a lot of anxiety about calling or you have never done it before, you can call after-hours and leave a voicemail. Just make sure you leave a very clear voicemail that includes your address. Or use the 5 Calls app because it already creates scrips for you and you literally just have to click and it will connect you to your reps.
Volunteer at organizations that support womxn! There are countless ways to do this, and numerous organizations out there you just have to do a little digging. If you're unsure of where to start, use Volunteer Match to get matched up with an organization that aligns with your values!
Set up monthly donations if you’re able, if not, set reminders on your paydays and make a small donation. Just do what you can. Obviously there are countless places you can donate, but you can read our "About Fiercely" page to see 5 organizations that we love and support.
4. Shop Small
Shop small, shop local, shop ethical and shop secondhand. I know this one seems a little strange to include, but the way you spend your dollars makes a massive difference in people's lives! Support businesses that have ethical practices!!!
5. Be intersectional
Recognize your own privilege and fight for womxn who are in different circumstances than you are. Intersectionality is still something that is missing from a lot of peoples feminism, and it has to stop. Your feminism shouldn’t just be about issues that directly affect you. True feminism is intersectional. That means it includes women of color, trans womxn, and any other group of womxn you can think of. Their fights are likely different than yours, so it’s important that you use your privilege to lift those women up.
6. Read, learn and grow.
Challenge yourself to learn more every single day. I am challenging myself to read more this year, so I am planning on incorporating more books on feminism into my reading. Maybe an unpopular opinion, but following social media accounts of women who are out there teaching is a really easy way to learn all the time. Then take it a step further and amplify those voices by sharing their content and support them financially when you can (purchase their ebooks, or ask if they have Venmo/Paypal/Cash App and send them a few bucks occasionally).
I’m sure I could go on for days, but I think this is enough ideas to get you started. In the meantime, let’s continue to fight the patriarchy and make America equal again every single day.
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